For the second year in a row, former NFL linebacker and Team Draft Co-Founder Chris Draft served as keynote speaker at the nation’s largest gathering of lung cancer survivors—LUNGevity’s National Hope Summit. At the Summit, Draft shared Team Draft’s mission with hundreds of survivors who gathered in Washington for the one-of-a-kind survivorship conference.
Founded by Chris and his wife Keasha, who died of lung cancer in 2011, Team Draft is dedicated to raising lung cancer awareness and funding through its Campaign to Change the Face of Lung Cancer—a campaign committed to shattering the misconception that lung cancer is a “smoker’s disease.”
“When Keasha and I launched Team Draft, we wanted to impact research funding and improve the quality of life for those affected by lung cancer,” says Draft. “We aren’t fighting against lung cancer, we’re fighting for people, and I’m honored to have the opportunity to bring that fight to the Hope Summit.”
“Chris Draft’s unyielding commitment to shatter the stigma around lung cancer is remarkable,” said Andrea Ferris, President and Chairman of LUNGevity Foundation. “Draft refuses to give up—trading football tackles for the larger lung cancer fight, and LUNGevity is proud to be on the front lines with him.”
While in Washington, Draft visited with Congressman Rick Nolan (MN) to discuss the challenges faced by lung cancer survivors and their families. Congressman Nolan chairs the Lung Cancer Caucus and is the father of a lung cancer survivor.
Team Draft also used the D.C. visit to debut a new video celebrating Team Draft’s second annual Lung Cancer Survivors Super Bowl Challenge. The centerpiece of Team Draft’s Campaign, the Super Bowl Challenge, is a unique fund raising challenge that allows lung cancer survivor-advocates to compete to raise funds for awareness and research. The top three finishers win trips to the Super Bowl, Pro Bowl, and Taste of the NFL.
Draft explains, “The Super Bowl Challenge gives us an opportunity to use the overwhelming media coverage surrounding the